Dry and brittle facial hair is difficult to manage, especially when it starts to grow longer. Beard oil helps to nourish and protect the hairs while supporting skin health, so it’s a good idea to run some through your beard every day. Beard oil can cost between £5 and £50, or maybe even more, but you can make your own endless supply at home for much less. Here’s how to make your own beard oil from five types of natural oil, according to crafts supplier Cosy Owl’s recipe.
Making your own beard oil is a sensible way to save money, kill some time during the lockdown, and improve the look and feel of your beard.
Managing Director of Cosy Owl Richard Fewings said “There’s a lot of focus right now on our wellbeing, and with that, we thought it would be a fabulous idea to help Men get creative by providing a special beard oil recipe.
“High street beard oils can be quite expensive, but with this recipe, you can make three to four times the amount of beard oil for a similar price.
“This can also be an opportunity for you to learn a new skill and share your homemade beard oil with your friends and family. We think so anyway!”
Do you really need to use beard oil?
Beard oil isn’t essential, but it will tame and hydrate your facial hair.
The purpose of beard oil is to moisturise and condition your beard and skin under your beard while adding shine, according to Beard and Company.
The main ingredients of beard oil are natural oils and essential oils that will help to prevent skin irritation, redness and dry skin.
A soft beard will also grow more straight and even in length, so say goodbye to that patchy, straggly hair you’ve got right now.
How to use beard oil
Did you know you’re supposed to be cleaning your beard with beard shampoo a few times a week?
You need to wash your beard to get rid of any dust or dead skin that has built up within the beard or underneath it.
Good beard shampoo will soothe the skin underneath your skin and help to prevent itchiness.
Don’t wash it too often though, as your androgenic facial hair lives on natural sebum oils.
Washing your beard more than three times a week will strip your skin of these oils and your beard will become itchy and full of split ends and beard dandruff.
After washing your beard, make sure you apply beard oil to restore the lost moisture to your skin and facial hair.
Beard oil recipe
To make two 100ml bottles of beard oil you will need:
- 100ml Jojoba Oil
- 50ml Castor Oil
- 40ml Sweet Almond Oil
- 10ml Essential Oil
- 13ml Castor Oil
Start by pouring out 13ml of castor oil and then add it to a measuring jug.
Then pour out 40ml of jojoba carrier oil and add it to a separate measuring jug.
Now with a third measuring jug, pour out 40ml of sweet almond carrier oil.
Mix all of the oils together using a mixing spoon.
Then you will want to add a small amount of essential oil like lavender as an example.
If you like, you can combine multiple essential oils, such as lemongrass, grapefruit and patchouli to create a bespoke scent.
If you have a companion nearby, ask them what they would like your beard to smell of!